One of the “secret menu” services Kirkwood Library Services offers to faculty is support in locating and using OER (Open Educational Resources), and one of the main challenges faculty report is in searching for these specialized resources. There are so many different ways to search for OER, and none of them involve using Google, everyone’s comfort-zone search tool! Enter Milne Library of SUNY, a leader in OER promotion, education, and adoption. Librarians at SUNY have developed a new search tool just for OER, and it promises to be just what so many faculty have been hoping for. Here’s a clip from their press release:

OASIS offers users worldwide the ability to search a range of OER materials including textbooks, courses and corresponding materials, interactive simulations, public domain books, audiobooks, modules, open access books, videos and podcasts on a variety of topics — from anthropology to zoology. OASIS also is the only tool that allows users to limit searches by creative commons licenses or by faculty review.

“One of the fundamental ideas behind OER is creating better and equal access to course materials for students,” said Rawlins. “The benefit of OASIS is that faculty can now find different types of OER all in one place using this search tool, with nearly all materials being in the public domain or openly licensed. Before, we would have to point faculty to the individual search tools from each source that are all now listed in OASIS.”

Thank you Milne Library and SUNY for investing in the people and the technology that made this tool happen! Try it out and bookmark it — we’ve just added it our Kirkwood Faculty OER Adoption Guide too.